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Melvin C. Nelson died May 23, 2013 in Louisville, Colorado. He was 91. Melvin was born in Wakefield, Nebraska on June 18, 1921, to Nels and Anna Nelson. He left Nebraska for the west coast in 1940 and found a job working at Consolidated Aircraft Company where he met his future wife, Marjorie L. Carey. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and spent most of his service time on the U.S.S. Solomon, a naval carrier, until he was discharged in 1945. He married Marjorie on September 8, 1944 in Creston, Iowa. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly in 1951. Together they lived in California, Alabama, Maryland and Virginia. Their last move was to Longmont, Colorado in 1990. In 1965 the family of five moved to Huntsville, Alabama where Mel had a job with IBM Federal Systems Division working on the "mission to the moon" program. This was a dream job for him and the height of his career. He retired from IBM in 1986 while in Virginia. Mel's joys were working on his cars, working in his yard, building and fixing things for his family and his neighbors, and singing in various church choirs, including at Westview Presbyterian of Longmont where he was a member for many years. Mel is survived by one sister Velma Forsberg of Wakefield, NE; two sons Gary Nelson (Warren Rochelle) of Richmond, VA, and Craig (Kathey) Nelson of Albuquerque, NM; one daughter Karen (Roger) Bresnik of Boulder, CO; two grandchildren Stacie and Jeremy Sanchez of NM; one great-grandchild Sage Ryan Sanchez and several nieces and nephews. There will be a private interment at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery. There will be a celebration of his life later this summer. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.

Published in Longmont Times-Call on May 27, 2013
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